There are times when you realize when buying food like jerky that you see the same two or more brands. In reality, there are a lot more brands of jerky being sold to the average person daily. Some differ in price and others differ in quantity.
But what are the characteristics of a jerky that will let you know it is worth spending money on? One way of making the right decision when buying one is knowing the difference between a good jerky and a cheap jerky.
You also need to consider if the jerky tastes like real meat. A lot of popular brands of jerky today lose their natural meat flavors due to excess ingredients such as sugar, tenderizers and preservatives. Do a taste test to see if the jerky has that natural meat flavor.
You can also consider the texture of the jerky when you eat it. If a jerky has too much sugar in it, it can become gooey when you eat it. There are also times where jerky manufacturers put in meat tenderizers that make the jerky very mushy to eat. Even after it has been chewed down to a soft mass it should still taste and feel like real meat.
Most brands that do mass production have a habit of utilizing low grade beefs and sometimes even adding stringy sinews which in turn results in the presence of tissue that is hard to chew. Mass production also results in jerky having huge chunks of fat instead of meat. Good jerky should have meat as its dominant part and not the fat. A little bit of fat will not hurt, in fact the fat provides meaty and beefy flavors to the jerky. Too much fat and the jerky will taste sour or stale.
You may also want to check if the jerky lives up to its advertised quality. Advertising is everything, and if the product lives up to the expectations then it is worth the cost.
What really matters is if it is easy to chew. Having tough jerky was very acceptable back then. But because of modern technology, it has become easier to eat jerky because of its chewy texture. If you buy jerky and get tired by just eating the first one, then you should consider buying a different brand of jerky.
After trying a brand, try to think if the product makes you want to continue eating it.